News November 2017

Prospect Prync Oliveira Jr ready to make noise at 147lbs


Exciting prospect "Prync" Oliveira talks to Livefight

By Michael J Jones

THIRTEEN YEARS ago, three-time world title challenger Ray “Sucra” Oliveira ended his thrilling career after sixty pro bouts. The New Bedford slugger, who netted the record for most punches thrown in a fight and also for the most thrown in a single round, vowed to stay involved in the sport which, as he put it, “taught me to be a man”.

The 49 year old was true to his word and now trains fighters in a thriving gym in Massachusetts. One star boxer in his stable is son Ray “Prync” Oliveira Jr who is currently 9-1 (2) after turning pro three years ago.

Junior took to boxing relatively late after a troubled youth but is now a solid prospect who has already drawn comparisons to his famous father.

“I didn't have a big amateur career, I had thirty fights as I never started boxing until I was seventeen” Ray Jr tells Livefight. “I had my first amateur fight when I was 19-years-old and turned pro when I was twenty four. I like being a boxer; I get paid to beat people up!”

Oliveira Jr turned pro on his 24th birthday with a third-round knock-out of fellow debutant Angel Valdez. Fighting as a junior-middleweight, “Prync” suffered his only defeat last April when dropping a contentious decision to (the also unbeaten) Casey Kramlich.

“It was frustrating losing my undefeated record like that” sighs the 27 year old. “I knocked him down and felt all he did was run for the first four rounds. I feel I won the first four rounds and, with the knock-down I scored, it should not have been possible to slip up on the scorecards.”

“I'm not going to bull anyone, he probably won the last two (rounds) but I should have won that fight.”

The six round majority decision was awarded to Kramlich by scores of 57-56 (twice) while the third judge had the contest all even at 56 points apiece.

“I've been fighting at 154lbs and there is never a wide variety of guys at that weight and we've often had to get middleweights to drop weight to fight me. I've been coming in 153-152 every time and that's why I'm moving to welterweight to continue my career.”

For the record, Oliveira Jr was around 178lbs in his amateur days though has appeared comfortable competing at 154.

Since his controversial defeat, the 5'9” puncher has returned with a victory. In September he scored a split-decision over tricky southpaw David Wilson to record his ninth career win.

“For the future, my plan is just to keep working hard and keep winning” comments Ray. “We've got a few pro's in our gym and some amateurs and my father also gets us great sparring.”

Ray Sr was a well-known crowd-pleaser who had incredible contests with the likes of Charles Murray, Vernon Forrest, Vince Phillips and Ricky Hatton. As well as fighting for world honours, “Sucra” would also lift the NABF and IBU titles whilst competing in an extremely tough era for 140-147 fighters.

“I've had a few fights where people have compared me to my father” smiles the welterweight prospect. “The way I've thrown punches has drawn comparrisons. Sometimes I like to sit down on my shots but other times I like to go toe-to-toe and slug it out.”

“There's always a little uncertainty with moving down a weight but we'll see how it goes and if I feel strong there. I'm working extremely hard to get to where I want to be but the main goal is just to keep winning and putting the hard work in.”

Parting shots

After a patchy education as a youth, Oliveira Jr is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Sports Facility Management.

Every one of “Prync's” nine pro bouts have been at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln.

The young pro is a father of two.

For his last fight with David Wilson two judges scored to Oliveira Jr by 58-56 while a third judge made it 59-55 to Wilson.

This interview came about while I was researching Oliveira Sr for the 'Ricky Hatton Our fight' series. Ray was telling me about his fight with Hatton when he put Junior on the phone to talk.

The record of 9-1 (2) might suggest a lack of punching-power but the aggressive prospect can definitely punch with the low KO percentage more due to the fact he has fought mostly young eager boxers who came to win.

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